Nigeria professional footballer, Samuel Chimerenka Chukwueze, who plays as a right winger for Nigeria National Team otherwise known as Super Eagles says he and his teammates are fully focused on Sunday’s Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) final against hosts Cote d’Ivoire.
Chukwueze informed journalists after the team’s training session in Abdjan on Thursday, February 8, that the team had put the semi-final victory behind them and is now focused on the final.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Nigeria's Super Eagles team booked a berth in the AFCON final after a dramatic penalty shootout win against South Africa's Bafana Bafana team.
The Super Eagles beat 4-2 on penalties following a captivating 1-1 draw at the end of 120 minutes.
However, Hosts Cote d’Ivoire, also, booked a ticket to the AFCON final after beating DR Congo 1-0 thanks to Sebastien Haller’s goal.
He said, “We are no longer in a jubilation mood at the moment.
“We are trying to recover from the semi-final game against South Africa's Bafana Bafana team and focus on the final game against Cote d’Ivoire.
“It’s not going to be an easy task, and no one has informed us it is going to be easy.
“But I have confidence in this team, and we have been fighting right from the start of this tournament.
“It is time to bring the trophy back home.
Chukwueze affirmed that the Super Eagles had put together a winning game plan, stating that he and his teammates were training hard to ensure they executed it on the field of play.
He added, “We have already chosen to do so many things.
“As a group, we have all spoken about it, including the captain, the coach, and, of course, the players.
“It's remaining for us to start training towards it.
It was gathered that all Super Eagles 25 players participated in the teams recovery training at the Ecole de Police D’Abidjan on Thursday.
Also, the players took part in the session, which was mainly jogging and light workouts.
The Stade olympique Alassane-Ouattara d’Ebimpé in Abidjan will host the final on Sunday at 9:00 p.m. (Nigerian time).